The inside story of Enzo Maresca's appointment
Straight Outta Cobham
by The Athletic
1w ago
Hello... again... A new Chelsea manager calls for yet another emergency podcast - which rather conveniently we were able to record at our end of season knees up! Matt Davies-Adams has got *literally* the whole gang alongside him to bring you reaction to the appointment of Enzo Maresca as the new Blues boss. So, what kind of manager is he? The Athletic's Leicester reporter Rob Tanner stops by to give us the lowdown on his time with the Foxes - and a word of warning if the owners are expecting a 'yes man'... Plus - the worst kept secret in women's football is finally out there - following the ap ..read more
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Chelsea in Europe as Emma Hayes leaves a WSL champion
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by The Athletic
1M ago
And just like that, another rollercoaster, topsy turvy season is over... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson, Dom Fifield, Jessy Parker Humphreys AND Luke Bosher on his holidays to look back on another remarkable campaign at Chelsea Football Club. We begin with events at an emotional Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon as the club said goodbye to Thiago Silva AND the 2023-24 season with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth to secure 6th spot and European football. Then up to Old Trafford, and CFCW heroics as Emma Hayes signed off in style after overseeing a fifth straight WSL title ..read more
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Europe beckons after Brighton victory - could Chelsea pip Spurs to fifth spot?!
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by The Athletic
1M ago
Four wins a row to put Chelsea in pole position for a European spot?! Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's CFC experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey alongside him to look back on the 2-1 victory at Brighton which moved the Blues up to sixth in the Premier League table. Elsewhere there was a narrow but huge victory for CFCW - beating Tottenham 1-0 at Brisbane Road to go into the last day of the season top of the WSL table on goal difference! Jessy Parker Humphrey's sends us their thoughts. And just like that we've reached the last game of the season - with the Cherries in town on Sunday aft ..read more
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Returning Reece James inspires Forest comeback
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by The Athletic
1M ago
Just imagine if we hadn't had all those injuries... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by two of The Athletic's finest - Luke Bosher and Liam Twomey - to revel in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. We lavish yet more praise on Cole Palmer, herald the return and impact of Reece James - and question where this leaves Chelsea's European hopes going into the final week of the season. There's then a look ahead to Wednesday night's trip to Brighton - and a huge clash in the WSL as CFCW face Tottenham in their penultimate game of the season. We'll be back on Thursday for our p ..read more
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The big squad audit and a look ahead to Forest
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by The Athletic
1M ago
Keep, sell or loan out? Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Dom Fifield and Luke Bosher to take a deep dive into the Chelsea squad as we discuss the future of the current crop of players and their places at Stamford Bridge or elsewhere going forward. It's the small matter of the MDA derby on Saturday teatime as Mauricio Pochettino's side make the trip to Nottingham to face Forest! We look ahead to that one and ponder the motivation for both sides with Europe and Premier League safety potentially on the line. Then - Dom takes matters into his own hands with the quiz - and the shoe is on the other fo ..read more
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Hammerings handed out to West Ham and Bristol City on super Sunday for Chelsea
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by The Athletic
1M ago
Goals, goals, goals and more goals! Matt Davies-Adams has The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey alongside him to reflect on a fantastic Sunday of action for CFC & CFCW. We begin with a round up of the 5-0 thrashing of West Ham at Stamford Bridge - as Chalobah and Gallagher shone once more, Cucurella got his fans singing and European football suddenly started to look like a very real possibility... Then, remarkable scenes at Kingsmeadow for Emma Hayes' last home game in charge as they put EIGHT past Bristol City to take advantage of Man City's defeat by Arsenal earlie ..read more
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Chelsea do the double over Spurs - but does Pochettino know something we don't?
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by The Athletic
1M ago
Can we play you every week? Matt Davies-Adams has got Luke Bosher and Dom Fifield in tow to look back on the thoroughly satisfying 2-0 win over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge ft a Liam voicenote and some singing... We round up the performance and give some love to Chalobah, Gallagher and Cucurella - before taking a closer look at the rather pointed post-match comments from Pochettino. Next up - West Ham come west in the final London derby of the season - we preview that game before reflecting on the shock defeat for Chelsea Women at Liverpool which all but ends their hopes of a fifth consecutive ..read more
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Villa fightback, Spurs showdown, UWCL heartache and goodbye Thiago Silva
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by The Athletic
1M ago
Refereeing and VAR controversy, you say? How original... Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson alongside him to look back on Saturday night's dramatic 2-2 draw with Aston Villa. But we begin with our tributes to the great Thiago Silva - who's announced he'll be leaving the club at the end of the season after four hugely influential years in West London. Then there's the small matter of a London/ Pochettino derby to look forward to on Thursday evening - with Tottenham making the short trip to SW6. Plus, our friend JPH drops by to reflect on the h ..read more
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Arsenal horror show prompts more questions about Pochettino's future
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by The Athletic
1M ago
A horrible, horrible, horrible night... Two of The Athletic's finest - Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson - are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look back on the hugely demoralising 5-0 thrashing by Arsenal at the Emirates on Tuesday night. Next up - another tricky away trip - this time to Villa Park to take on Unai Emery's Champions League chasing Aston Villa. There's some light at the end of the tunnel as Chelsea Women welcome Barcelona to Stamford Bridge with a slender 1-0 lead going into their semi-final second leg. Plus hot garden waste chat, Shaggy - and a quiz! We'll be back on Monday where we ..read more
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Chelsea's Wembley curse continues while Emma Hayes' side stun Barcelona
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by The Athletic
2M ago
They really, really, really, really, really don't like winning at Wembley... Matt Davies-Adams has got Liam Twomey and Luke Bosher along for the ride as we reflect on the latest cup disappointment following the narrow 1-0 defeat by Man City on Saturday. There's a mega full-time voice note from Liam and Simon Johnson live from the ground - before our more considered reflections and thoughts on where the Blues managed to fall just short once again... There's no time to dwell with a big trip to Arsenal on Tuesday night. We preview that game and ponder how Mauricio Pochettino will be able to get a ..read more
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